On December 10 the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) hosted an interview with me about my father John Gronner ז"ל, born in 1920 in the small German town of Ilmenau. Experiencing anti-Semitism as a school boy, he is sent to pre-state Eretz Israel at age 16 to study engineering at the Technion, later serving in the British Army during the Second World War. (After the war, he learns that his parents, who had run had operated the local affiliate of a successful family enterprise, had been deported and killed.) Having married another German immigrant, he works in a clandestine munitions factory to help in Israel's War of Independence. After twenty years he emigrates with his wife and two young children, initially back to Germany, but later to the United States. Not until the demise of the Soviet Empire is he successful in reclaiming the family's property and restoring the family's reputation that the Nazi regime had sought to obliterate.
The recorded interview, conducted by Joseph Berger, veteran journalist and author, is available on YouTube.
-Amnon Gronner, USA
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